There may be valuable learning in experiencing and understanding a way of life different from yours. It may surprise you to discover that you will learn things about your own culture that you may not have thought about before. As time goes on you will become more familiar with your new environment and you will feel more confident, develop new friends and manage social and professional interactions more comfortably. Some students get to this phase quite quickly but for some it takes longer. Don’t worry! Use the strategies suggested and the services provided to assist you to make the necessary adjustments.
RMIT is located in close to the heart of the CBD which is easily accessible through different modes of transport. Here are the various possible ways to get to university.
For more information on tram services visit here .
For more information on cycling in Melbourne visit here .
Melbourne can be quite an expensive city to live in, whether it’s food & groceries, appliances, household essentials or entertainment. So here are some places to help you save big on even the smallest things!
From a wide range of food, cutlery, household items to almost anything you can think of Daiso has you covered! At only $2.80 for most of their products, it is definitely a go-to place for your daily essentials.
Location: There are two major stores located in the CBD which are relatively close to RMIT. One of which is located in QV Shopping Centre and the other is located along Bourke Street.
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Coles & Woolworths
Hometown Asian Supermarket & Tokyo Asian Supermarket
For all the Asian groceries that you can’t find in major supermarkets such as Coles & Woolworths, you’ll find at a cheap price in these two supermarkets located in the CBD. In addition, you’ll get a discount by showing our RUMA Membership Card at these stores.
Queer Department active in organising social events both on- and off-campus. Queer Lounges are run across campuses which are safe spaces in which queer students can be themselves without being judged. They are open from 8am – 8pm and the different locations are:
City Campus: Building 5, Level 1, Room 17
Bundoora Campus: Building 204
Brunswick Campus: Building 515, Level 1, Room 4
RUSU also runs a drop-in centre for RMIT students who are experiencing life difficulties who want to know where to go to seek help and resolve them. The Compass Drop-in Centre can provide free information, referrals and support and is independent from the university.
If you’re on a Subclass 573 International Student Visa, you’ll be permitted to work 40 hours every fortnight. If you’re planning on getting a job, you absolutely MUST have a tax file number (TFN). Visit the Tax Office’s website to apply for a TFN.
A fortnight means a period of 14 days starting on any Monday and ending on the second following Sunday.
For example, a student works the following numbers of hours:
During the second fortnight (Week 2 and Week 3), the student worked more than 40 hours and is in breach of visa conditions. More info here .
For most, studying in a different country can be an exciting and scary experience, and it can be difficult for students to settle and adjust to their new environment.
In Malaysia, much of what you do is natural and does not require much thought. However, in a new country with a different culture, simple tasks can be challenging at times because you do not know how to act or behave, you don’t always understand body language, and your actions and words are not always reciprocated in the way you expected.
Not to worry! This is normal for many international students because you are dealing with a new set of values, different ways of thinking and doing simple things. If you think you are suffering from culture shock, you can talk to Student Services/ Student Support for advice and information.
You can find Student Support offices at:
City Campus: Building 10, Level 4
Bundoora Campus: Building 202, Level 2, Room 10
Additionally, you can visit International Students Support page for more information here .
Last updated on August 21, 2018.